Archive: November, 2012
Today's edition of Afternoon Snacks has beers in cans, food words that were nearly lost, a simple dish to recover with in between holiday binges, and bacon on sale!
Meticulous types will welcome this opportunity to plan out the first half or so of December: Starting on Saturday, Percy St. BBQ (900 South St.) is launching the 12 Cans of Christmas. That's twelve straight days of happy hours, each featuring a different brewery, with half-price cans and free bar snacks and other fun extras. You can even add your empties to their can-decorated Christmas tree, which they'll light at the end of the twelfth night. The specials run from 5 to 7 p.m. each night from Dec. 1 through 12; check out the current schedule below.
Over at Food & Wine Marc Vetri is talking Christmas in Philly and his picks are predictably solid. For holiday magic Vetri loves the twinkling orbs that grace the trees in Rittenhouse Square and sledding down Lemon Hill in Fairmount.
Sledding and Christmas lights are great and all but we were really psyched see Vetri highlight some of his Italian Market favorites. For food gifts Di Bruno's on 9th Street is the place to go for food-centric stocking stuffers like straight from Italy dried pastas and olive oils, wonderful cheeses olives and anchovies. Another holiday favorite is the ever-festive Isgro Pasticceria where the cannolis are filled to order with ricotta.
Want to be on TV? Well, tonight is your chance! Food Network is going to be filming an episode of World's Weirdest Restaurants tonight at Tattooed Mom (530 South St.) from 5 to 10 p.m. Along with food and drink specials running all evening long, T-Mom's will be arts and crafts, live street art painting and an appearance by the Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club. Wait, the what? The Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club " represents Philadelphia as a force to be reckoned with in the world of competitive bearding as well as a means to create a community of both beardos and beard lovers to socialize and above all else have fun!"
There's not much time left to taste chef Sam Jacobson's food at Lansdowne's Sycamore (14 S. Lansdowne Ave.), so if you've been meaning to get in there before he moves on, tonight looks like a great night to do it. The super-affordable $29 byob prix fixe tonight looks awfully good:
Parsnip & carrot soup infused with kaffir lime
Braised lamb with olive, pomegranate, and couscous
Maple-glazed pork belly, roasted beet, 5-spice prune jus
Frangelico & La Colombe coffee tiramisu
Local dried meat artisans Side Project Jerky have teamed up with Time chef Sean Magee for their first ever collaboration, a pho-flavored jerky. And while we love the idea of scenting jerky with anise, fish sauce, basil, plum sauce, chile and all of the other tasty elements that go into a steaming bowl of pho, the story of how this side project came to be is just as exciting.
Side Project's Marcos Espinoza ran into Magee at a Municipal Waste show at Union Transfer back in June and the two go to talking about teaming up for a snackable version of this Vietnamese go-to. And a few monthes later the pho jerky came into fruition.
The pho-flavored jerky is rolling out today at Cook and Green Aisle as well as Trove General Stove and online. A portion of the proceeds from the jerky's sale will go to benefit the Red Cross's efforts to assist those effected by Hurricane Sandy.
We had a chance to sample some of the pho jerky a few weeks back and the flavors are spot on, Washington Avenue-perfect.
Well, we've got to thank the good folks over at Gawker for digging up what might possibly be the saddest cooking show of all time. Hosted by a somber Steven Reed, Weber Cooks airs on the college TV channel Weber State News and is full of important lesson in student cookery like proper nacho making methodology. In case you're wondering nachos are one part canned chili, one part jarred nacho cheese, one part chips and a whole lot of awkward silence. Head over to Gawker to watch Reed work his microwave magic.
Anniversary beer brunch, a taplist to help shelter pups, a haunting look back at Halloween at Cook, and ASB mixing it up with the neighbors over outdoor seating, all on today's Afternoon Snacks.
On Fri. Dec. 14, Sly Fox is celebrating their 17th anniversary—but if you'll be joining them for the brunch kicking off the party, you might want to start saving room now. Four courses. Six beers. For a weekday brunch. They're pairing up with chef George Bieber for the meal, though, so we think it'll be worth it to nap your way through to a late, light dinner if you have to. (You may know Bieber from Shorty's Sunflower Cafe in Pottstown or its mobile extension, the Sunflower Truck Stop; if you don't, you should!) See the work-in-progress menu below, and then head here to buy tickets at $45 apiece if you want in.
Well, November is drawing to a close and with it the end of everyone's favorite excuse to grow facial hair, Movember. Over at Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) they're going to be hosting a Gala Parte to say farewell to the 'staches on Thursday night. Mo Bros (the dudes who participated in this anti-cancer campaign) are encouraged to come in costume and compete in mustachio'd competitions including categories such as longest mo, most creative mo, bushiest mo lamest mo and the grand title of Man of Movember. Prizes will be awarded in the form of shaves and free dinners. And of course there will be mustache themed specials on food and drinks running all night long.
Over in Manayunk the Movember festivities are continuing at Lucky's Last Chance (4421 Main St.) with a Mo' Bash fund raiser. A $15 suggested donation gets you admission, tunes from DJs Q-Ball and Reed Streets, an opportunity to ditch the 'stache with shaves from Valor Men's Grooming and beers from Weyerbacher and Great Lakes.
If Baltimore makes frequent appearances on your To Travel To list, feel free to shrug and be like, "whatevs" about this news. (On second thought, no, don't be like that.) But the rest of you, look alive: next week's Meet the Brewer event at Alla Spina (1410 Mt. Vernon St.) features The Brewer's Art.
Located, you may have guessed, in Baltimore, the microbrewery is sort of stingy with their wares beyond the brewpub's walls. Having been named the absolute best bar our nation has to offer just a few years back, it's safe to assume that they attract crowds capable of drinking up the small operation's stock without wider distribution. So if you're curious, but not immediate-road-trip-to-Bmore curious, you might want to find yourself in Fairmount next Wednesday, Dec. 5 between 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Brewer's Art owner Tom Creegan and brewmaster Steve Frazier will be there, and they're bringing a bunch of treats: a keg of much-lauded Belgian strong ale Ozzy, their flagship dubbel Resurrection in cans, plus the intriguingly named La Pétroleuse and spicy holiday brew St. Festivus. All enjoyable on their own, for sure, but don't you kind of need to know which goes best with a mortadella hot dog or some porcini deviled eggs? We sense some pairing experiments in our future.
P.S. in case you miss it, or if you just can't get enough, save the date for their encore appearance on Dec. 14 at Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St.). Looks like they'll have a slightly different selection of beers on hand that night.
In honor of the festival of lights Zahav (237 Saint James Place) is rolling out a Hanukkah-inpsired tasting menu from December 8th to the 16th. The $48 wintery menu includes Solomov's always amazing hummus topped off with spiced beef along with the usual salatim suspects followed by a chickpea and olive oil soup with pumpkin. Latkes forgo the applesauce and sour cream in favor of apple labneh and salmon bastuma (think salmon pastrami). For mains Solomonov is braising lamb shanks with quince and smoked cinnamon and serving them on a bed of freekah, a roasted green wheat. And the traditional jelly donut dessert getting a redux with pear jam and sachlab, a warm milky drink made with the powdered roots of orchids.
A little later in the month the folks at Zahav will be hosting their annual Chistmas party and this year they're forgoing Chinese takeout for Korean. More info on menu and movie screenings to come. Fingers crossed for KFC!
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